van Hooft

Independent Arbitrator and Counsel
February 2018 – present

Annet sits as arbitrator (sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator, president) in international arbitrations pursuant to institutional and ad hoc rules, pursuant to various applicable laws, and concerning various sectors and subjects, e.g., life sciences, mining, construction, technology and corporate disputes (post-M&A, joint-ventures).

Annet also acts as co-counsel in IP and construction related cases.

Bird & Bird, Paris, France

Partner, Co-Head International Dispute Resolution Practice
September 2011 – January 2018

Annet advised and represented clients from various sectors, e.g., life sciences, energy, and construction in international arbitrations (DIS, CEPANI, HKIAC, ICC, LCIA, NAI, SCC, SCAI, WIPO) pursuant to various applicable laws. She also represented clients in international arbitrations in the field of post-M&A disputes. She regularly acted as arbitrator in international arbitrations (DIS, CEPANI, ICC, CMAP, ad hoc).

Jones Day, Paris, France

Senior Associate
September 2006 – September 2011

Annet advised and represented clients from a wide variety of industries, e.g., construction, pharmaceuticals, energy, and hospitality in international arbitrations pursuant to institutional (ICC, SCC, WIPO) and ad hoc rules (UNCITRAL), pursuant to various applicable laws. She regularly acted as arbitrator in international arbitrations (ICC). 

ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris, France

March 2004 – September 2006

Annet managed a team and provided advice regarding the ICC arbitration rules to parties, counsel, and arbitrators. She supervised hundreds of international arbitration proceedings, prepared ICC Court decisions, and scrutinized numerous draft arbitral awards.

Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, Brussels, Belgium / New York, U.S.A.

Senior Associate
October 1997 – February 2004

Annet advised on a wide range of issues under contract and corporate law, including on cross-border acquisitions and international joint ventures.



University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A., LL.M. 1997.
Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands, “Doctoraal” Art History (M.A.) 1996.
Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands, “Meester in de Rechten” (J.D.) 1995.


Bar admissions

Rotterdam Bar (1998)
Annet van Hooft has registered “arbitration” as her specialization in the Dutch Bar Association’ registry. Pursuant to the rules of the Dutch Bar Association, this registration obliges Annet to obtain 10 CLE points annually in this field.

New York Bar (1999)

Paris Bar (98/5/CE, 2007)



Chambers & Partner 2023 – Band 2 Arbitrator – France:

She is diligent in her approach and she can work in French, Dutch and English, which is a really good asset.

Annet van Hooft is very good, thorough and well organised.

Who’s Who Legal – Thought Leaders 2023:

She is just excellent.

Annet is a well-prepared, meticulous and brave arbitrator.”

She is patient but within limits, which gives her a lot of authority as arbitrator.”

Chambers & Partners 2022 – Band 3 Arbitrator – France:

“Annet a very experienced arbitrator and it is a pleasure to work with her.

She is very well acquainted with all aspects and techniques of arbitration proceedings.

Who’s Who Legal – Thought Leaders 2022:

Annet is a very knowledgeable and incredibly able arbitrator.

She has strong institutional experience from the ICC.

She is an outstanding co-arbitrator.

Who’s Who Legal – Thought Leaders 2021:

Annet has become one of the best arbitrators of the Paris and international market.

An excellent arbitrator, with impressive experience of IP disputes.

Having written one of the leading texts in the field, she is known as a future star arbitrator.

In addition to being an excellent attorney Annet is also a pleasure to work with.”

She is calm, systematic and kind.”

Who’s Who Legal – Thought Leaders 2020:

Annet van Hooft is a distinguished name in the European arbitration market with extensive experience with IP disputes in the life sciences and technology sectors.

Who’s Who Legal – 2019:

Annet van Hooft is a brilliant lawyer with an extremely quick understanding of what matters in a case according to peers, who praise her impressive handling of construction and IP disputes.

Winner of the ‘Best in Commercial Arbitration’ Award of the seventh annual (2017) Euromoney Legal Media Group Europe Women in Business Law Awards.

Legal 500 Paris has highlighted Annet’s “extensive ICC experience.

Listed in the Best Lawyers rankings for arbitration and mediation in France.

Listed in the Décideurs and Leaders League rankings for arbitrators in France.


professional activities

Co-Chair of the International Arbitration Commission of the Paris Bar

Honorary President of the Bucharest International Arbitration Court (BIAC)

Co-Author with J. Grierson of ARBITRATING UNDER THE 2012 ICC RULES: AN INTRODUCTORY USER’S GUIDE. Kluwer Law International, May 2012

Former Co-editor in Chief of b-Arbitra (published by Kluwer and available in the Kluwer Arbitration Database)

Former Vice Chair of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR